Landon honoured among other Australian sporting greats

Landon honoured among other Australian sporting greats

Basketball Australia’s Lorraine Landon will be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, among a list of other Australian sporting Legends including Glenn McGrath and Layne Beachley, at a ceremony at the Crown Palladium tonight.

Landon, who was a recipient of the Order of Australia Medal at the Australia Day celebrations earlier this year, an accolade that extends an amazing list of achievements, is already an inductee into the BasketballNSW Hall of Fame, and recently had her name forever etched upon the trophy that is given to the winner of the FIBA Oceania Basketball Championship for Women, battled out between Australia and New Zealand every two years that also serves as the qualification series for both the Olympic Games and FIBA World Championship.   

“I’m a bit overwhelmed to be quite honest,” said Landon. “I’m very humbled – it’s been a great journey. I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve had a lot of opportunities and I suppose I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to take the opportunities that have come my way. It’s wonderful,” she said.

Landon’s time within the sport of basketball has seen her successfully serve in a distinguished list of roles that have played a critical part in the sport’s growth and development, both domestically and internationally.

Landon worked as Director of the Women’s National Basketball League between 1996-2001, and she also served as the President of the Australian Women’s Basketball Committee (1982-1996).

She has served as General Manager of National Teams and Competitions since 2001, as well as Chairing the International Basketball Federation Women’s Commission between 1984-1986.

She was the General Manager of the Sydney Kings basketball club and saw them through their rise to becoming one of the most iconic Sydney-based sporting teams of any sport or code.     

Landon has also performed a number of significant roles within wheelchair basketball as well as offering her services to the sport for people with a disability. She continues to be an influential figure in basketball’s development and direction moving into the future.  

“Primarily it’s recognition for our sport. We’re a team sport and I always see myself as part of the team and that’s what I enjoy – being part of the team.

“To have our sport recognised is wonderful. And it also reflects on some of the other opportunities I’ve been involved in outside of our sport and that’s in the areas of disability and working with other communities and sporting organisations, so it’s a reflection of some of the other work that I’ve done, but primarily, to me it’s the recognition of our sport – basketball,” she said.

Lorraine Landon will be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame tonight alongside some other greats of Australian sport, including Glenn McGrath (Cricket), Layne Beachley (Surfing), Kostya Tszyu (Boxing), Belinda Clark (Cricket), Greg Welch (Triathlon) and Judy Joy Davies (Media).

“That’s what makes this very special. This is for all of sport and all of the different categories that we have in sport. Obviously to be selected by my peers is wonderful and I’m unbelievably excited about that,” she said.

“Sport is just such a wonderful thing that we are able to be involved in,” she said. 

Lorraine Landon’s Service to the Sport of Basketball

  • General Manager, National Teams and Competitions, Basketball Australia, since 2001; Life Member

  • Chair, International Basketball Federation Women’s Commission, 1984-1986 and since 2002

  • Director, Basketball New South Wales, 1998-2003; Life Member

  • Director, Women’s National Basketball League, 1996-2001; Life Member

  • President, Australian Women’s Basketball Committee, 1982-1996

  • Manager, Australian Basketball Team, Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games and Seoul 1988 Olympic Games

  • Manager, Australian Women’s Team, World Basketball Championships, Malaysia, 1986.

  • Director, State sports Centre Trust, 1994-2009

  • Member, NSW Sports Advisory Committee, 1994-2008

  • Director, Western Sydney Sports Academy, since 2005

  • General Manager, Sydney Kings and Sydney Flames Basketball teams, 1989-1997

  • Chief Executive Officer, Bankstown basketball Association,  1976-1988; Life Member

  • Manager, Wheelchair Basketball and Intellectual Disability Basketball, since 2003

  • Member, Ministerial Advisory Committee on Sport and Recreation for people with a Disability (NSW), recent appointment.